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 Posted: Sun Nov 9th, 2008 09:42 pm
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Joined: Tue Sep 6th, 2005
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Geez. I don't know what to tell you to do with Sword's book.  If you take what he says about Hood with a grain (or perhaps a block) of salt, it is a heart wrenching, poignant telling of a tragic event.  But in addition to his factual errors, distortions  and deceptions, Sword has so much useless melodrama in it, namely the JB Hood/Sally Preston and Patrick Cleburne/Susan Tarleton dramas, that it is hard for me to suggest anyone spend the time necessary to read 400 pages of cut-and-paste historiography. Jacobson's book is much better history...especially the analysis of the "Spring Hill Affair" and the deserved attention given to the performance of the tough-as-nails Union troops at Franklin.  The only other book on the TN Campaign that I would suggest is Winston Groom's "Shrouds of Glory."  Although Groom's book is a narrative (no footnotes) it is objective, thorough, and if the author has a personal opinion, he doesn't allow it to infect the quality of his work.

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